Early Modern Philosophy Texts

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Jonathan Bennett has launched a new site containing his translations of early modern philosophy texts. I've used some of these translations, and they're excellent. Some of them are real translations from texts originally written in French, German, and Latin (e.g. Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant). For these, Bennett's translations are merely additional ones to those already on the market, though he does gear his translations toward the undergraduate reader. Some of them are from texts originally written in English (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume). These are the ones I'm most excited about. What Bennett has done is update the texts to modern English without modifying the content. The arguments and even most of the turns of phrase are unchanged, but it's just plain easier to read. Since most of my students have faced their biggest obstacles toward understanding this material in the actual reading of the text, this goes a long way toward promoting greater understanding of this material and greater motivation to read it to begin with. I've used some of these texts in introductory classes, and it's so much more helpful than using the standard editions.

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